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Rubber City Pop Culture Fest

Posted by frankjamesbailey on May 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)


This blog is another post for my fans of Tercona.


This weekend I will be in Akron, OH at the 1st annual Rubber City Pop Pulture Fest.


What makes this con special for me is...I'm labeled as a "Media Guest."  I always buy an artist alley table at the cons I go to. However, in the recent weeks, I've notioced my fan base has jumped a little and it's NOT because they like Tercona! I have been voicing some videos for the Channel Frederator YouTube channel. This my NO MEANS makes me Internet famous! On the other hand, is it good to be recenized for the voice work I do.


For the record, I go to comic cons to promote my books.




If I get a chance to do a pannel on voice acting...sweet! If not, that's fine. I've never written a book about voice acting and I'm not a voice over coach nor do I want to be. My voice acting pannel is just my way of giving back and it also helps me to get noticed at a comic con too. ("Oh, you're the guy doinfg the panel on voice acting.")   


So I hope to see you guys this weekend at the Rubber City Pop Culture Fest in Akron, OH! 


http://rcpcfest.com/

I Want That...because I voiced it!

Posted by frankjamesbailey on May 11, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)



I want that…because I voiced it!


This blog is mostly for all my voice actor friends:


Have you ever voiced a job for a client and thought to yourself, "Wait, I think I would really LIKE this product (or service) that I've been hired to promote. I think I'll try this!"


After all, as voice actors, we know we have to make each and every product that we put our voice to sound like the best thing since sliced bread. If we voice a commercial for one weight loss product and 6 months later we voice a commercial for a totally different weight loss product we have to make EACH of those products sound as if we love it and use it all the time! Or at least, that the person using it, should buy it and use it all the time!


However, if a brand new company, with a brand new product, comes to you and wants to hire you has a voice actor for their commercial, have you ever read that commercial and thought…"Hmm? I think I like this product. I WANT IT!!"


Do you really like it? Or are YOU doing your job so well, that even YOU want to but it?


Have you ever bought a product or service (that you NEVER used before) that you were hired to voice a commercial for?


Leave your comments here on or on my many other social network sites.


Frank

Free Comic Book Day

Posted by frankjamesbailey on May 1, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)



This website is mostly for promoting my voice over business. Most of the time my blogs are about my voice over jobs and voice over tips.


 

 

 

On the other hand, as most of you know, I am not just a voice actor I am also a published author too. I'd be crazy not to talk about my writing every now and then.


Most of 2016 was spent promoting my first book "Tercona: Book 1 - Our New Home." I went to book stores, comic book stores and comic cons. 




This Saturday (May 6th) I will debut my second book, "Tercona: Book 2 - DR. Q & The Banana Gun" at Alter Ego Comics in Lima, OH. 




This Saturday is also happens to be Free Comic Book Day. Get free comics, face painting for the kids, stickers, temerary tattoos and much more.    


There will be many people dressed at there favorite superhero. Cosplayers both old and young. My daughter Paige will cospaly as Tercona this Saturday when I debut my second book.


So I hope to see you this weekend for Free Comic Book Day at Alter Ego Comics.  

 

 

The Secret To Lots Of Voice Work

Posted by frankjamesbailey on April 10, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you want to know the secret to getting LOTS of voice work? It's simple…DON’T BE COCKY!


What I mean by that is, don’t think that since you’ve done a few national spots that you’re too good for small jobs anymore! I’ve only done a few big jobs in my voice over career but I’ve done lots of small jobs! Let me give you an example…


A few years ago I voiced a series of sports commercials for this dot com sports company. The job paid pretty good for a bulk of only 7 commercials. That year I also did a lot of book trailers for this other company. I voiced a lot more book trailers then I did for that big hunk of sports commercials.


This year I started doing some voice jobs for the Channel Frederator YouTube channel. I voiced Disney's Dark Secrets and an episode of 107 Facts. I also do jobs that are not that populer too. I recently voiced an explainer video for Bear aspirin in Argentina and a car dealer spot for a small town in Texas. 


I want to make something very clear. I’m not saying LOW BALL your self into a $5 or $25 job. I’m saying, don’t just sit around and wait for the big jobs.


Listen, if you’re like Joe Cipriano or Ben Patrick Johnson (the top announcer voice over actors in the country) or like Tara Strong or Frank Walker (some of the top character voice actors) and you get as much voice work as they do, then more power to you, you’re at the top of your game! However, most of us are NOT at the top of the hill yet. Most of us are still climbing the ladder of success.


My point is, if you want a constant flow of voice work, you’re going to have to take the small jobs WITH the big jobs. A national spot for Subway might pay great…once! Or if you voice a best selling audio book and you get tons of royalty checks. However, if you’re just sitting around waiting for MORE national spots and MORE best selling audio books but there not coming, then I’m afraid that’s ALL the money you’re ever going to make. Don’t sit on your butt and just wait for the good stuff. You might be waiting a while.


You’ll make more money if you voice a few radio & TV commercials, explainer videos, podcast openings, and phone greetings ALONG with your audio books or national spots as well.


Gem City Comic Con

Posted by frankjamesbailey on March 27, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1)


This weekend (Sat. April 1 & Sun. April 2) I will be at the Gem City Comic Con, at the Dayton Convention Center, in Dayton, OH. This will be my first comic con of 2017.


Most of the time I try to keep this website (and this blog) about voice acting. My voice and video demos are on this site, I blog about tips on how to manage your time, what websites to check out and avoid and I post about some of the jobs I've done.  Most of the time when I go to a comic con, I go to promote my book "Tercona: Book 1 - Our New Home."





However, at the Gem City Comic Con I am also doing a panel on voice acting called "Introduction To Basic Voice Acting with Frank James Bailey." It will be in Panel room A at 11am on Sat. 4 / 1. 





So if you've ever thought about doing voice overs, voice acting and you want to know more about this business, I'll give you a few tips on how to get started. 


For more info on the Gem City Comic Con go to their website here: http://gemcitycomiccon.com/

How much time do you spend working?

Posted by frankjamesbailey on March 5, 2017 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (1)


How much time do you spend working?


Recently I discovered I only spend between 5 to 6 hours in my studio working. That “work” can range from auditioning for a job, social networking, direct marketing, writing emails or…writing a blog for my website.


If you’re wondering how I figured out how much time I spent in my studio, it’s simple - I timed myself using a stopwatch on my cell phone.




A while back I wrote a blog about making a schedule and using your time wisely. Do you need to take your kids to school? Schedule it. Do you need to answer emails? Schedule it. Do you need to audition for voice jobs…schedule it. (You get the idea) Of course “life” can get in the way of a perfect schedule. So a few weeks ago I started using my stopwatch on my phone to see how much time I actually spent in my studio working. That’s when I figured out I only spend about 5 – 6 hours in my studio working. Of course some days are longer than others and some are shorter. I might work 6 – 7 hours on Monday but only 4 – 5 hours on Tuesday. On average I spend around 5 – 6 hours working.


Once you figured out how much time you spend “working” then you need to add that to how much you make. If you spend an hour auditioning for jobs, 2 hours marketing, and the rest of the time doing a voice over jobs but only made $50 for the 5 hours you were in your studio, then you made about - $10 an hour that day.


Or you could also look at it this way; Are you getting the most out of your time? I admit, I can get distracted sometimes. I go to YouTube to copy my video demo to post on Facebook and then I see the thumbnail of a video I want to see. I tell myself, “It’s only 5 minutes, why not?” Somehow those 5 minutes turned into 30! So for me keeping a stopwatch going while I work has kept me more accountable for the time I spend in my studio when I should be “working” and not looking at cat videos.


Timing yourself while you’re in your studio working will help you figure out if you need to spend more time in your studio doing more work or making more money for the little time you have.

 

Why I voice a lot of explainer videos.

Posted by frankjamesbailey on February 27, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


I voice a lot of explainer videos. I have been doing so for a long time time. It's one of the voice jobs I specialize in. The reason I can voice these videos really good is because an explainer video is like an Internet commercial. I voiced a LOT of radio & TV commercials through my 20 year radio career from 1989 - 2009. I am very good at helping you get your message acress. I have the experience to know what words to express and what words to not to. When to sound soft and when to really sell it hard.


Below are just a few of the explainer videos that I was hired to put my voice on through out the past 10 years are so. 


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If you want to hire me to voice an explainer video or a white board video for you, conact me today!


Is it time to change direction in your business plan?

Posted by frankjamesbailey on February 12, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)


Is it time to make a change in your business plan?


No business ever stays exactly the same throughout its lifetime. I started my voice over business using a stage microphone and I recorded in a closet. I’ve come a long way since then.


As market conditions, customer demands and technology change, your company needs to adapt to stay relevant and keep growing.


However, sometimes, continuing along in the same trajectory with a few minor tweaks isn't enough. In certain cases, your company may need to completely switch directions and revamp its business model in order to survive.


Implementing a significant change to your business is a difficult and important decision, so you shouldn't make it lightly. Here are some telltale signs you might need a new direction.


1 – Are you spending too much money and not making enough?


When you start a voice over business you need a mic, a computer, a sound editing program, and much more. We all know you’re going to spend money in the beginning but if you’re not turning a profit within a few years it’s time for a new direction.


For example, you need to have your own website but you don’t need to pay over $350 on a pay to play site.


2 – Are you marketing in the wrong area?


Are you doing a lot of marketing on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but you’re still not getting any sales? Maybe it’s time for a new approach. What is your niche in the voice over industry? Figure out what you need to do to target those people in your niche.


3 – Is your current branding not working?


If you use a picture of a microphone right next to your name you might need to rebrand. EVERY voice actor does that! I’m not saying it’s wrong, I’m saying with so many voice actors using a variation of the same thing it’s hard to see who is who. Once you’ve established you’re business enough hire someone with branding experience and market yourself accordingly.


Please keep in mind, you do not need to change your goals, you just need to change the direction in which to get to that goal.


I hope this helps.

 

5 tips for social networking

Posted by frankjamesbailey on January 28, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (1)


5 tips for social networking.


With the rise of political posts on social networks lately I thought it would be nice to cover some tips when using your social networks. After all, if you have a voice over business you probably have an on-line presence of some sort to help promote your business. Here are 5 tips to help you be better at social networking.


1 – Be Polite


In the past year I have gotten a lot more followers thanks to my book about a female superhero. I’m not only targeting an audience for my voice over business I’m also targeting an audience for my books too. Video production companies and other business are my audience for my voice over business and the book’s audience is mostly pre-teen and teenagers. I try my best to be polite to everyone. Remember what Kim Possible always said: Please & thank you.


2 – Connect With Your Audience


If your audience poses a question, answer. More than half of consumers expect brands to respond to their Twitter and Facebook messages. Don’t doubt the power one consumer can have on your business. Talk to them. I talk to my audience all the time.


3 – Avoid Controversy


There is a reason I never post anything political or religious. I avoid controversy. Simply put, it’s bad for business. I am always hearing about people who were fired or just not hired because of what an employer found on their Facebook page. If you follow me on social media you know I post inspirational quotes, funny memes, puns, comic cons, artists, I share things from other people and I try to give back when I can too. Oh and I sometimes talk about my voice acting and my book, like now. Lol


4 – Don’t Over Promote


Did you ever have a telemarketer call you - EVERY NIGHT - at the same time for a week straight? If you did, you’d get sick of him calling very quick and you wouldn’t want to buy anything from them. You’re followers wouldn’t like it if you shoved what your selling down their throat everyday either. Don’t over sell.


5 – Use Good Grammer


I admit. This is my kryptonite. I know I am a very creative person but I am also a terrible speller. I always have been. Today I use spell-check and grammarly. It helps, but I’m still not perfect. Someone recently told me I should be very careful because a lot of my new followers who look up to me as a writer might wonder what kind of a writer I am if I can’t spell things right. Which is very good advice. However…did you ever hear of a typo? Nobody’s perfect! I do my best.


I hope you found this advice helpful.

 

Thank You

Posted by frankjamesbailey on January 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)


 

This website is mostly for promoting my voice over business. Most of the time my blogs are about my voice over jobs and voice over tips.


On the other hand, as most of you know, I am not just a voice actor I am also a published author too. I'd be crazy not to talk about my writing every now and then.


So I wanted to take this time to say - Thank You - to all my fans who have followed me from the moment I started creating Tercona to now.


In the year since Tercona has been publish I have gained a LOT of new friends on Facebook and other social media sites too. A lot of voice actor friends, artists and creators but mostly kids and teens. It's that audience I want to talk to right now.


As a father myself I want to protect my kids but I also want them to have fun. Life is to short not to smile everyday. This is why I never talk about politics or religion.


My fans make great fan art of Tercona like this one from artist named Washkoi (real name Mary Taylor.) Thank's Mary.




Here is more fan art from an artist named Ally. She drew Tercona in her own style. Thanks Ally.



And here is a meme made by a fan. Her name is Kim Green from Columbus, OH. She loves Tercona and ranks her right up there with her favorite superheros. Thank you so much Kim. It's nice to know that you think Tercona is in the same league as Wonder Woman and Kim Possible.




Finally, I want to thank Alter Ego comics in Lima, OH for putting my book on display in their store. I hope to have my book (or rather BOOKS) in more stores in 2017!


 


I want to make Tercona into a cartoon someday but I know the harsh reality is I am WAY far away from that yet. However, it's YOU the fans who have been there from the very start that will help make this dream come true. YOU help spread the word about Tercona. YOU make great fan art, memes and fan fics of Tercona. It's all thanks to YOU, the fans!


It's your love for this blue haired superhero on a flying surfboard, Tercona, that will help make it into a cartoon....someday.


So to that I say - Thank You!



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